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Cosmetic Science Program


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The Cosmetic Science program at Spelman was initially conceived as a non-traditional educational opportunity for adult learners seeking to expand their technical credentials.

The program has expanded to include traditional undergraduate students by offering a chemistry major in cosmetic chemistry and a minor in cosmetic science. The program provides a culturally relevant perspective of beauty and beauty practices that resonate with Spelman’s student population.  Specifically, the program focuses on the molecular sciences related to product formulation and development, providing a fundamental understanding of the origin, structure, and function of ingredients. 

A hallmark of the program is its capacity to translate Spelman’s success into a culturally relevant model for developing skills in a STEM area under-explored at undergraduate institutions, namely cosmetic science.  It is envisioned that focusing on cosmetic science, an area lacking the type of intersectional knowledge women scientists of African descent can provide, will produce strategies for nurturing leaders, experts, and scholars in beauty. 

The Cosmetic Science Program at Spelman College seeks to:

1. Provide a culturally relevant approach to understanding the science of beauty and cosmetics
2. Advance research related to ethnic hair and skin care
3. Increase access and opportunities to research and development careers in the beauty industry

Spelman College Black STEMinist Symposia

Black Beauty STEMinist Symposia

June 2 - 7, 2024

Spelman College presents the Black Beauty STEMinist Symposia featuring experts on cosmetic formulations and the science behind hair, skin, color and fragrance. Join us for a week filled with inspiring talks, workshops and networking opportunities. Our symposia aim to celebrate and empower Black women in the cosmetic and personal care fields. Topics will range from the fundamentals of cosmetic formulations to the science behind hair, skin, color, and fragrance. Connect with like-minded individuals, learn from industry experts, and be part of a supportive community. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

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Summer Camp 2024

Beginning April 15, girls ages 14-17 may register for the Science of Beauty Summer Camp which will take place June 10-14, 2024.

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The Cosmetic Science Program is directed by Dr. Leyte Winfield. Inquiries can be sent to

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